As Christmas approached in the Hallmark Channel series Cedar Cove, Jack (Dylan Neal) walked by a festively-decorated cafe in Philadelphia played by the Bean Around… Read More »SET: CEDAR COVE’s Christmas in July with Andie MacDowell & Dylan Neal
Falling Skies wraps filming of its third season this coming week in Vancouver. And as far as I know, few if any have seen them on location until today at the Coffee Bar in Gastown. But it sure didn’t look anything like the post-apocalyptic Falling Skies we’ve come to know. Where were the Skitters? Where were the Mechs? Where were the Overlords? Where were the even creepier aliens introduced in the season two finale? And where was 2nd Mass, the small band of insurgents named after the 2nd Massachusetts of the American Revolution, who’ve been fighting the occupying alien force for three seasons?
Noah Wyle’s Tom Mason had no beard or scruffy clothing. And Will Patton’s Captain Dan Weaver looked more like a homeless lunatic than the military leader of 2nd Mass. And what’s with all the well-dressed people carrying bags of Christmas shopping, coming and going in a cafe decorated with wreaths? It turns out today was a reshoot of a dream sequence. So it provides few clues about what drama will unfold in the third season set to air next summer on TNT in the U.S.
- Sunday, December 16th – Noah Wyle and Will Patton film Falling Skies dream sequence in Gastown’s Coffee Bar.
- Friday, December 14th – Arrow begins its holiday hiatus. Returning January 2, 2013.
- Friday, December 14th – Cult wraps filming of its 1st season (technically Saturday at 2:30 a.m.). Premieres Tuesday, February 19, 2013 on The CW.
- Friday, December 14th – Fringe airs the ninth episode of its final season with Walter on acid trip featuring the return of Dr. Carla Warren in a hallucination filmed in NYC taxicab and later the Fringe team searching for Donald’s signal at the Britannia Heritage Shipyards park in Steveston.
- Friday, December 14th – Sitcom Package Deal tapes in front of a live studio audience in Burnaby.
- Friday, December 14th – A&E releases the first promotional trailer for upcoming series Bates Motel
- Friday, December 14th – Fringe showrunner Joel Wyman shares images of the series finale wtih commentary on EW.com
- Friday, December 14th – After five seasons – four of them filmed in Vancouver — Fringe wraps filming for good in early daylight at The Bridge Studios in Burnaby. My post for Vancouver is Awesome.
- Thursday, December 13th – Arctic Air wraps filming of its second season (technically Friday at 3:00 a.m.) which premieres January 9th, 2013 on the CBC. Episode director Amanda Tapping shares a photo of herself and Adam Beach on set.
- Thursday, December 13 – CTV announces Vancouver detective series Motive , starring Kristin Lehman and Louis Ferreira, will debut in a prime post-Superbowl spot on Feburary 3rd next year.
- Thursday, December 13th – Once Upon a Time films chase scenes in Gastown Read More »WEEK: December 10-16, 2012
Published August 22, 2011 on Vancouver is Awesome
It sounds crazy to film Christmas TV in the summer heat but it happens every year. Of the more than a dozen Christmas-themed TV movies expected to air in the U.S. this December at least three filmed in Vancouver in July and August. And last week in Chilliwack, Syfy series Eureka filmed real scenes for its animated season five holiday episode called Do You See What I See?, laying out snow on a Christmas-decorated-to-the-max Wellington Street very early Thursday morning.
It took Eureka crew a couple of hours last Wednesday night to build Christmas, unloading trees with lights, garlands, candy canes, nutcrackers and a large snowman. The Euripedes statue/fountain in front of the Sheriff’s Office got its own Santa hat. After it was all done, I watched them shoot a key scene of Colin Ferguson as Sheriff Jack Carter, Kavan Smith as robot Deputy Andy and Chris Gautier as Cafe Diem chef gathered around a bright red holographic projector designed to create a faux winter wonderland on the street. Unfortunately, as often happens in Eureka, something goes array and thesuper photon generator sends a kaleidoscopic wave of holographic overlay from a video game that envelops the town leaving all its inhabitants animated. If you thought Eureka couldn’t get any quirkier, imagine your favourite characters as Looney-Toon cartoons, claymation or anime, as well as the more regular CGI. Apparently, our cartoon heroes have until Christmas morning to reverse it or remain animated forever.
Chris Parnell of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock fame reprises his role from last year’s Christmas special as Dr. Noah Drummer, part of a star-studded roster of guest stars. Edward James Olmos of Battlestar Galactica voices a sled dog pack leader who befriends Deputy Andy and Matt Frewer of Alice and Max Headroom plays an animated version of himself as a polar bear who befriends Jo Lupo. Read More »BIG READ: Filming Christmas in Summer
Published July 7, 2011 on Vancouver is Awesome
Filming of the American network Fall TV season got underway this week around North America. Here in Vancouver, Supernatural star Jensen Ackles began directing a season seven episode of the Friday night show. And crew of the other locally-filmed Friday-night-hit Fringe prepped for the start of filming season four next Thursday: scouting locations and rebuilding sets in studio. So this seems an appropriate time to pay tribute to the Vancouver-shot network series not returning to our TV screens in 2011-12.
Sci-fi series V, cancelled in June after two seasons on ABC, couldn’t have been a better series to watch filming here. I will miss it most of all the axed series for its many downtown shoots and couldn’t-be-nicer-to-the-public cast led by its lead actor Elizabeth Mitchell. On the same day last summer that I photographed Mitchell (below) as FBI agent Erica Evans filming at the Vancouver Art Gallery, a photo from an office tower above of dozens of V dead-body extras lying on the grass at Portal Park made the cover of one of our local commuter papers. It took me a couple of months to find her evil counterpart V Queen Anna, played by Morena Baccarin, outside of her studio spaceship and back on location. Last September, V series took over the atrium of the Vancouver Public Library for two full nights to film scenes of Baccarin, Mitchell and other cast members at a black-tie function (below) with a greenscreen wooden spaceship platform erected outside on the south plaza.
CBC Vancouver might miss V even more than me, since the series regularly rented a CBC studio for filming, put one of its V Ambassador Centres in a CBC outdoor corridor and filmed part of its series finale in the entrance lobby. Read More »BIG READ: Tribute to Axed Series as New TV Season Begins